Steeleye Span - King Henry

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King Henry

Let never a man a wooing wend
That lacketh things three
A store of gold, an open heart
And full of charity
 
And this was seen of King Henry
Though he lay quite alone
For he's taken him to a haunted hall
Seven miles from the town
 
He's chased the deer now him before
And the doe down by the den
Till the fattest buck in all the flock
King Henry he has slain
 
His huntsman followed him to the hall
To make them burly cheer
When loud the wind was heard to sound
And an earthquake rocked the floor
 
And darkness covered all the hall
Where they sat at their meat
The gray dogs, yowling, left their food
And crept to Henry's feet
 
And louder howled the rising wind
And burst the fastened door
And in there came a grisly ghost
Stamping on the floor
 
Her head hit the roof-tree of the house
Her middle you could not span
Each frightened huntsman fled the hall
And left the king alone
 
Her teeth were like the tether stakes
Her nose like club or bell
And nothing less she seemed to be
Than a fiend that comes from hell
 
Some meat, some meat you King Henry
Some meat you give to me
Go kill your horse you King Henry
And bring him here to me
 
He's gone and slain his berry brown steed
Though it made his heart full sore
For she's eaten up both skin and bone
Left nothing but hide and hair
 
More meat, more meat you King Henry
More meat you give to me
Go kill your gray-hounds, King Henry
And bring them here to me
 
And when he's slain his good gray-hounds
It made his heart full sore
For she's eaten up both skin and bone
Left nothing but hide and hair
 
More meat, more meat you King Henry
More meat you give to me
Go fell your goshawks, King Henry
And bring them here to me
 
And when he's slain his gay goshawks
It made his heart full sore
For she's eaten them up both skin and bone
Left nothing but feathers there
 
Some drink, some drink now King Henry
Some drink you give to me
Oh, you sew up your horse's hide
And bring in a drink to me
 
And he's sewn up the bloody hide
And a pipe of wine put in
And she's drank it up all in one draught
Left never a drop therein
 
A bed, a bed now King Henry
A bed you'll make for me
Oh, you must pull the heather green
And make it soft for me
 
And pulled has he the heather green
And made for her a bed
And taken has he his gay mantle
And o'er it he has spread
 
Take off your clothes now, King Henry
And lie down by my side
Now swear, now swear you, King Henry
To take me for your bride.
 
Oh God forbid, says King Henry,
That ever the like betide
That ever a fiend that comes from hell
Should stretch down by my side
 
When the night was gone and the day was come
And the sun shone through the hall
The fairest lady that ever was seen
Lay between him and the wall
 
I've met with many a gentle knight
That gave me such a fill
But never before with a courteous knight
That gave me all my will
 
Υποβλήθηκε από fulicasenia στις Κυρ, 09/11/2014 - 15:19
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